Kerala BJP faces Setback as 3 NDA candidate nominations rejected

The BJP Party in Kerala has been faced with a setback as assembly election nominations of NDA candidates in three Kerala constituencies have been rejected by the returning officers.

In the Thalassery constituency, the nomination form of BJP candidate and the party’s Kannur president N Haridas was rejected. The returning officer reportedly rejected the nomination citing that the form submitted by the candidate did not carry the signature of BJP president J P Nadda.

In the Guruvayur constituency, BJP candidate and Mahila Morcha state president Nivedida Subramaniam’s nomination was rejected on similar grounds.

In Devikulam of Idukki, the nomination of AIADMK candidate Dhanalekshmi was rejected due to an incomplete form. AIADMK is supported by BJP in Devikulam constituency.

The Kerala High Court, meanwhile, on Sunday sought the response of the Election Commission to pleas by two BJP candidates challenging the returning officers’ decision rejecting their nominations for the April 6 assembly poll.

At a special sitting, Justice N Nagaresh directed the EC to submit its counter-affidavit on Monday and posted the petitions for further hearing at 12 noon.